1. poverty alleviation
  2. hunger
  3. afford health all
  4. education lievelihoods
  5. gended eq
  6. water & san
  7. afford clean energy
  8. .decent work places rising
  9. .infrastructure and 4th I-revolution
  10. value chains desiginng reducing inequalities
  11. ,sustain cities & communities
  12. purposeful media(tion) of production & demands,
  13. .climate action
  14. life below water
  15. life above ground
  16. peace, justice, 21stc smart borderless institiutions
  17. partners beyond big-big corps, gov, ngo 

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Goal 1  - we know from brac's innovations of village development economics led by Fazle Abed that all of sd goals 1-5 are connected when it comes to challenges the poorest village women face.

- brac hosts one stop shops by locating service hubs in the village  - inseparable for this are microfranchises that redesign the value chain and banking for the poor which empowers village mothers (goal 5) to build health services (3) and food security microfranchises (goal 3). brac has from startup been involved in type 2 livelihood education- it started with getting adults to share relief skills training with others- later village mothers main dream ways to educate their kids to have opportunities to go way beyond poverty line (starting with village schools at primary which integrate ideas form maria montesorri paulo freire and others who action learn by going and living with the poorest -aka preferential option poor models among franciscans and such lead medical anthropologists as paul framer and jim kim

digital age poverty alleviation leap forward thanks to quadirs then legatum lab mit who took idea of mobile partnerships to dr yunus in bangladesh

consequences bangladesh worldwide accessibility as aid lab leapt forward

members of grameen bank got about one third ownership of grameen phone which became biggest corporation in bangladesh- where this value went is bit less clear

mobile telephone ladies were the first digital microfranchise - yunus arranged one mobile rental per circle of 60 village women- the rentee paid back the loan on the mobile but charged the other 60 villagers for sharing the mobile phone- previously villagers only had personal contact- so village phone girls became like a living yellow pages to essential services that could now be contacted

the mit tech partners quadirs soon find that most of the experiments they had wanted to try out needed different partners

by around 2010 they had partnered with sir fazle at brac to start building the world's number 1 cashless bank www.bkash.com - opinion leaders from bill gates to jack ma rank this as arguably the greatest digital innovation for alleviating extreme poverty


in general these timelines are worth noting in rural village poverty where rural used to mean no access to electricity grids and therefore almost all information exchanged person to person

poverty like several parallel sdg constructs is such that whenever you design a market solution eg financial services you need to keep relentlessy asking are we reaching the very poorest - members of banks etc are prone to focus on services they want which start leaving the very poorest out (today the tptal value chain of bra - ultra poor (give directly) pre microfinmacing livelihood, microfinance , brac bank for smes in city and other nation leading financial servoes, bkash, brac international includes remittances

to 1996 pre digital

1996 to about 2010 attempts to transform exciting microfinance organisations to digital age or new digital models (eg mpesa first emerged in kenya as a new service) - 

2011 + rationalisation of ,market in age where mobile is becoming universally accepted

most pre-digital microfinance (apart from very small local models) have not survived under ownership of poor- however this also includes many models of financial services which ever tried to linkin microfranchises (ie livelihood loans linked ti value chains redesigned around microfanchise )

kenya's mpesa model was the first leap forward in digital finance- its designers joined with the quadirs in boston to all work on bkash


bad case studies in boston include accion with its ipo of mexican microcredit and it is not clear that the 100 mn dollar funding by omidyars of brown uni research in microfinance has led to models much better for the poor than accion's depressing ipo strategy

a complication in boston is abdul latif poverty lab - funded by the middle east toyota franchise- while nobody disputes abdul latif's extraordinary generosity and leading foci in poverty alleviation i middle east - the paired comparison lead methodology of mit poverty lab is very expensive and appears to be offered as a solution for reforming top down organisations- in this regard we would far prefer big data small analyses designed into innovation than costly research methods into efficacy of varying models

2 mit being an engineering college not an agricultiral one- goal 2 is a bit off its radar - in theoredigital age focusing eg on alumni of borlaug's green revolution inj crop sciences, esopecially rice as the central crop in eb s asia

these days e-egriculture includes mobiel apps and on large farms various drone programs- while not dircetly connected with hunger of the poorest, when crops have a bad season prices go up and the pooreswt can be the most vuklnerable

medica stuff related to preventing tsundting forst 1000 days- maintaijning clean water- climate is causing los of land - agian lilel;y to impact poorest first

often parrthers in health is the pace to start in bosto on nutrition as halth related issue- its main practice base inj brighams wonmens hopspital, its main academic connectirs used to be harvard

blockchain analysis oferes plent of experts in boston- this could for example be aapplied to farmers vaklue chains - can we get a larger share for source farmers than eg they typically get less than 1% of the value chain

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economist taxonomy : norman macrae schwarzman fazle abed botstein attenborough blackrock














-deming - systems can only co,pound one aim - is yours goal 1 end poverty or what






rsvp your nomination chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

co-blog Legatum change the world conference has been announced for 10 May 
MIT remains the most revolutionary space youth can study in usa- it celebrates open education; it houses the father of the web tim berners lee; a square mile walk from kendall metro is the most futuristic imagination tour I know of in the west (though I would love to join in celebrating any square mile tour you recommend for changing the world) 

and through Legatum it hosts annual conferences by the digital wizards who first brought mobile telecoms to the world poorest village mothers and their communities with the greatest sustainability crises; I guess but I dont know that the most futuristic square mile tour in the middle east is located in Dubai (the twin capital of Legatum with Boston)

hottest youth-spring question of our life and times-can online education end youth unemployment for ever ? yes but only if you help map how!




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